100 lb. Club - Excersizing is SOOOO hard!! :(




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Smiling_Sara
11-14-2007, 10:00 PM
that is probably why I don't like to do it. I force myself to walk at least 1.5 miles at least 4 days a week, takes roughly 30 min's. By the time I am done I can barely walk straight and my legs feel like jello. I keep saying to myself it will get easier. When I tell some ppl about how rough it is on my legs and how sore they are they look at me like I'm kinda crazy, almost to say you are only walking at 3 miles a hour for a half hour, it's not that hard. I want to say back to them you add 100 lbs around your waist, thighs and butt and lets see how fast you go...

sorry for the vent, just got back from working out and i'm really tired and sore, but it's a good kind of sore.


CountingDown
11-14-2007, 10:15 PM
Yes, it is a good kind of sore. And, yes it will get easier. And yes, you CAN do this! You WILL do this, You ARE doing this, and you should be so PROUD of yourself! Hang in there!

One of my turning points was after a fall, I bruised my knee and for months I had a hard time walking. When we visited our children in Oakland, I had a terrible time walking a mile up and down those hills. I vowed that the next visit (next month) would be a different story. I have been walking and exercising since June, and now, 5 miles with "Leslie" is fun. Walking our tallest hill in town can be done at a fast clip (before I had to rest after two blocks). Slowly, steadily, I have made progress. I can't wait to go see the kids and "show off".

However, you want to try to find something you enjoy. What about other forms of exercise? If you are going to do this for the "long haul" you want to have as much fun as possible. I love dance videos, yoga and weightlifting. What else have you tried?

Liliann
11-14-2007, 10:17 PM
Born.. Great job on walking! You are making efforts on doing at your own pace and don't mind of what other people say. I am proud of you on your walking. You are doing good! Keep up the great work! :)


tamaralynn
11-14-2007, 10:17 PM
Good for you for keeping it up!!! It will get easier, I promise. I was 250 when I first started walking, and like you it SUCKED!! At the time, I was having severe back spams and walking really hurt.
I force myself to walk 20 minutes twice a day (that's 4 km... not sure what the km/mile conversion is but it's 14 city blocks) at a very brisk walk. But it's on a flat plane... there are no hills at all.

I did a 20 minute walk today about 5 minutes of it up hill, and I thought I was going to keel over LOL.

What really helped me is to drink a LOT of water. When you keep your muscles hydrated, it can really help.

I also listen to music on my mp3 player. Music really helps you forget about the pain, and some music will really motivate you to walk faster without you noticing it :)

rakel
11-14-2007, 10:23 PM
I know what you mean! Today I was lifting some weights, and I put together enough of them to constitute how much weight I've lost so far (about 26lbs, the weights were an even number) and I was trying to carry them around and it was HARD. I was shocked that that's how much weight I've lost. I went over to the scale, stepped on it, and sure enough, the scale showed my starting weight. It's a surreal experience, for sure.

Trazey34
11-14-2007, 10:38 PM
I hear ya! I kind of want to punch people in the face who say "oh i ran 12 miles this morning but i have to go to the gym tonight for some real exercise" heehheheeh

HarpoChicoGroucho
11-14-2007, 10:57 PM
When I first started, I couldn't walk for 4 minutes straight on my treadmill!! And now I can run for over an hour! Treadmill walking is easier, but I barely managed a half of a mile when I started outside (when I lost some weight and felt a little less embarrassed :(). I can tell you, the 4 minute stretches didn't last a long time at all. I can't remember how long it took, but I know it was a short amount of time before I could walk longer and faster. Wait until your muscles get stronger and you get the tingly, pulsing, GOOD feeling in your legs. It's awesome!! Good luck!! :D

BattleAx
11-14-2007, 11:40 PM
When I was at my highest weight, exercise started to become very difficult. My calves and ankles would seize up, and hurt like h@ll. That was one of the factors that contributed to my getting serious about losing weight. It scared me.

Exercise is a lot easier now. It only took a little bit of weight loss for the pain to stop. Keep at it, you will get there.

LisaMarie71
11-14-2007, 11:50 PM
Exercising is definitely hard at first. You may not believe me, but it DOES become enjoyable after a while, and even addictive.

I started walking at 275 pounds, and it was tough. Now I'm one of those annoying people who runs all the time and actually loves it. :lol: I've said it a million times on here, but only because it's true: if I can do this, ANYone can.

mandalinn82
11-15-2007, 12:09 AM
Yes - it IS hard at first! But YOU...ARE...DOING IT! Despite it being difficult. You're doing it because you know it will make you healthier, stronger, and yes, smaller. And that is SO great!

:cheer:

You know, I think it is a LOT easier to start an exercise program when you're not heavy, which is an unfortunate fact of life, because while everyone needs exercise for health, overweight people really have that extra need to get out there and move. But you are triumphing over that every day that you get out there and walk, and you should be SO proud of yourself.

Other people might not recognize how hard it is, because they've never been at your particular weight or fitness level. But your body knows how hard it is, and it is going to tell you. And a month from now, it'll start telling you "Wow, this is getting easy!" - and I promise you, that feeling will make all of the discomfort worth it.

Robin41
11-15-2007, 12:14 AM
I could barely get out of bed the morning after my first day at the gym. Now I get up at 5:30 a.m. to go because I actually enjoy it. Keep up the good work; it makes such a huge difference in the weight loss.

rockinrobin
11-15-2007, 12:35 AM
When I first started out, weighing 287 lbs, I was walking for 15 mins at a snails pace. I was not sure that I would make it home alive, that's how difficult it was. Now I walk incredibly fast, adding in many, many intervals of jogging, for loooong periods of time.

This most certainly WILL get easier. It did for me and all these other fine ladies. And it will for YOU. Just keep at it. When you get to that point where you're walking with ease, and it's sooner then you think, you will be soooo glad that you've stuck with it. Being active and in shape with unlimited amount of energy and stamina is one of the very best rewards of this journey. I'm EXCITED for you to experience it first hand. Just know that one day you will. :hug:

rakel
11-15-2007, 03:03 AM
That's so true, it does get easier. I noticed after I lost about 20lbs that I was no longer heaving after a short walk. It's a great feeling not to get winded walking to the mailbox :P This week I'm trying to do my regular exercise again. So far I've done it 2 days... lets see if I can make it 4, and if I'm lucky (or dedicated) FIVE.

kasmin
11-15-2007, 05:46 AM
I hear you, Born to Fly;) I only just started walking consistently myself. But luckily it doesn't seem to take that long to start not wheezing:P And I agree with tamaralynn, music makes a big difference!

Rakel: I had to laugh at your whole walking around with the "weights" you lost. What a great idea. Just goes to show you how strong all of us must be, really:P Now I just need to translate that to strength of mind;)

hellokitty81668
11-15-2007, 07:39 AM
Hi,
I agree with everyone else.. it does get easier, as the weight comes off, it will feel like a piece of cake, believe me. When I started using my elliptical( after letting it be used as a coat rack for a year), I could only do 2-3 minutes the first few days.... I had pains in my legs, I couldn't breathe, and felt I was never going to be able to do this. Now after 6 months or so I can do 47 minutes, and am ok with it. I still get tired towards the end, but it is a good tired. I know right now you are thinking yeah right, I am never going to be able to do this, but I am sure in a few months you will be posting that how much you love to wallk and how easy it is.
cheryl

nylisa
11-15-2007, 12:26 PM
When I hit 250 in May 2004 & realized I had to do something, I started with walking from my car to the ferry parking lot instead of taking the shuttle. And even that brief, 10 minute walk was hard. I could only last 20 mins on an exercise bike.

But keep up with it, you will get to like it. This am, I woke up at 5:30 am and debated sleeping in because I'd gone to bed a bit later last night. I wanted to exercise more than I wanted to sleep in. Never thought I'd say that, as it literally took me years to get to that point. This morning, I went to the gym, did the circuit area with weights and then did 40 mins on an Arc Climber set to level 9.

A few tips:

1) if you haven't already, set your workout to music, that helps so much. My halfway to goal reward was a mp3 player and I've created playlist just for workouts

2) stretch before/after, that may help with the soreness

3) Consistency is key. We're in this for the long haul. Any exercise is better than none. When you feel like just blowing off the workout because "it's only [insert time or effort level here] and I should really be doing [insert time or effort level here]" remind yourself that establishing/maintaining the exercise habit is really the most important goal of exercise, not a specific activity.

4) Mix it up with some variety. And vary your walking route if it's safe to do so.

5) A nice hot bath is a good reward for exercising & it helps with the muscles. Some of my minigoal rewards have been bath products.

An interesting point re: the extra weight we carry around. On Celebrity Fit Club, at the end, they have the contestants do tasks they did at the beginning & note the improvement in distance jumped, situps, running. And they have simulated fat which weighs what the contestants have lost. They have them run with it to demonstrate the extra stress that puts on breathing, bones & joints.

sidhe
11-15-2007, 03:46 PM
Who says you have to start walking at 3.0, for 30 minutes? It's totally okay to start slower, and start shorter. I am not trying to minimize in any way the effort you have put in thus far, I think it's great! :cheer: But you shouldn't be this uncomfortable, from an emotional/mental perspective, either.

The human body is designed to move. At it's most basic, the body is a combination of levers and joints that are designed to bend and straighten. That being said, no two bodies have the same weight, same endurance, same nerve pressure points, same heartbeat. Every body is a little bit different. It's ENTIRELY okay to move YOUR body the way YOU feel best.

Maybe walking right now isn't for you. You've tried it, so try something else! What about water exercises? Dancing? Yoga? Pilates? Ellipticals (if you have access to them) at the lowest setting? Maybe a bike around the block? Move your body in whatever way you want. It doesn't matter HOW you move, just that you do. Stay just this side of pain, and it will get easier. I promise!

Trazey34
11-15-2007, 04:25 PM
I just watched a taped episode of "the biggest loser" NO SPOILERS!!! and they gave them a triathalon to do -- they did spin bikes for 20k, then RUN 3K on a treadmill then swim 1 k in a pool !!!

they showed them all when they arrived -- one guy was a hundred pounds heavier and could barely get up off the couch and here he is going for 24K shows there's HOPE for everyone!! and that includes US! yay!

appleofmyeye08
11-15-2007, 04:30 PM
Yes exercising is hard and sometimes boring or so I thought. About a month or two ago I purchased a Walk Away the Pounds video by Leslie Sansone and let me say I am hooked. The first dvd I tried was a 1 mile walk and it about killed me. Now I am doing her 3 mile advanced walk at least 5 days a week. Will be looking to purchase her 4 or 5 mile dvd real soon.

Keep pushing at it, it will be come fun!!

Jen

Booskie
11-16-2007, 03:07 AM
I had much of the same experience you did, and I can honestly say it does get better. When I started this journey in late July this year I could barely walk at all let alone do it for exercise. I started slowly but yes it was extremely painful at times.

Like some of the others, I use Leslie Sansone's videos and they make exercising fun for me. I do from 3 to 6 video miles six days a week now and I'm hooked on exercise. Even though I'm nowhere near my goal weight I feel fit and I can out walk my daughter who is in her 20s. I never thought I'd hear her tell me to slow down :)

Just take it at your own pace and if you keep at it, I bet you'll find you like it..especially when you start seeing the great benefits :carrot: Just measure your progress based on where you started and what feels right for you, not on what someone else thinks is normal. And don't get discouraged you are doing great and you should give yourself a big pat on the back!

Take care,

Teri

Smiling_Sara
11-18-2007, 01:22 PM
Yes, it is a good kind of sore. And, yes it will get easier. And yes, you CAN do this! You WILL do this, You ARE doing this, and you should be so PROUD of yourself! Hang in there!

One of my turning points was after a fall, I bruised my knee and for months I had a hard time walking. When we visited our children in Oakland, I had a terrible time walking a mile up and down those hills. I vowed that the next visit (next month) would be a different story. I have been walking and exercising since June, and now, 5 miles with "Leslie" is fun. Walking our tallest hill in town can be done at a fast clip (before I had to rest after two blocks). Slowly, steadily, I have made progress. I can't wait to go see the kids and "show off".

However, you want to try to find something you enjoy. What about other forms of exercise? If you are going to do this for the "long haul" you want to have as much fun as possible. I love dance videos, yoga and weightlifting. What else have you tried?

well, it's hard to excersize at home bc my apt is to small, so I go to a workout center. That is pretty small too, but they have various machines and weights. So, usually my workout contains at least 30 minutes on treadmill, I can only go at about 3.3. I may be able to start out a little faster, but I am afraid of breaking the machine bc of how heavy I still am, but I can run, just not long. Then I hit difft weight machines doing about 30lbs and doing 3 reps of 10, on probably 5 difft machines. I've thought about doing the situp machine, but i'm still pretty embaressed about my stomach sticking out while laying down, so I've avoided that machine, not to mention that a couple ppl have told me I should do situps until my stomach is smaller bc you'll work your musceles at this size and it will make it harder to lose weight. ( not sure if there is any truth to that though.

nelie
11-18-2007, 01:35 PM
You should definitely do muscle strengthening exercises such as crunches (avoid sit-ups) and weights.

At my highest weight, I loved to walk, I'd go for 5 mile walks and think nothing of it. I wasn't the fastest though and I didn't do it daily. Well I have to say that I never realized how hard it was on my body until I started losing weight. Walking has become so much easier now that I weigh less and now that I do it on a regular basis. I walk every day as well as do weights.

It gets easier, trust us :)

L144S
11-18-2007, 06:28 PM
I think you should be proud of yourself for gettin out there and moving! It is a huge component to WL and lifestyle change. let yourself feel good about the accomplishment!

Also find whatever motivates you to move and do what you can. I like to listen to books www.audible.com (http://www.audible.com) and i find a good book helps me walk longer :)
My other favorite site is www.gmped.com (http://www.gmped.com) find your neigborhood and map out some walks and make it a fun challange instead of one you dread...

Smiling_Sara
11-19-2007, 10:10 PM
*sigh* Is this really correct? I walked 35 minutes tonight. Said calories burned was 120. No, that isn't a typo. :( You'd think walked 1.5 miles would burn a lot more calories.

sidhe
11-19-2007, 11:28 PM
*sigh* Is this really correct? I walked 35 minutes tonight. Said calories burned was 120. No, that isn't a typo. :( You'd think walked 1.5 miles would burn a lot more calories.


Machine programs that tell you the calories burned aren't generally very accurate. Even if you put your weight in, there are still other factors that are individual to you--how your body moves, how efficient that movement is, how much muscle you have, when you last ate, all sorts of things. Just give yourself a gold star for getting out and exercising at all! don't worry about calories burned. You moved around, so you DID burn some! :D

Smiling_Sara
11-20-2007, 10:12 PM
Machine programs that tell you the calories burned aren't generally very accurate. Even if you put your weight in, there are still other factors that are individual to you--how your body moves, how efficient that movement is, how much muscle you have, when you last ate, all sorts of things. Just give yourself a gold star for getting out and exercising at all! don't worry about calories burned. You moved around, so you DID burn some! :D

Thanks. I usually don't put my weight in. I just press start and go. I guess I just worry about how many calories burned bc they say the more you burn the more you lose, ( how truthful that is, I don't know ) and I would of thought that in 35 minutes of walking one would lose more than just over 100 calories, that's like a piece of my toast. lol

sidhe
11-20-2007, 10:48 PM
Thanks. I usually don't put my weight in. I just press start and go. I guess I just worry about how many calories burned bc they say the more you burn the more you lose, ( how truthful that is, I don't know ) and I would of thought that in 35 minutes of walking one would lose more than just over 100 calories, that's like a piece of my toast. lol

Oh, if you didn't put your weight in it's REALLY inaccurate! The machines are programmed, generally, with a weight of 145-150 lbs (for women) and 180-190 (for men), if I remember rightly. I guarantee you that you burned more than 120 calories in 35 minutes. And yes, you lose more weight if you burn more calories. But it's not an exact science--no body EVER works strictly by the numbers.

Why not count minutes? Or miles travelled? That would be much more reinforcing. :)

L144S
11-21-2007, 08:49 AM
I just worry about how many calories burned bc they say the more you burn the more you lose, ( how truthful that is, I don't know )

It is truthful, the longer you move the more you burn the more you lose. BUT you will also gain muscle mass which is denser (sp) by the pound, a pound of feathers weighs the same as a pound of bricks, one has less volume.

I personally don't count much besides the miles I walk, yes walk, i don't run, I do swim and I count an hour at the gym as 3 miles.

I would hope yo might create your own challange, and reach for a goal for the next month and feel good about whatever the goal might be. pants fitting better, writting down what you eat, or clocking some time moving....
again, good luck!